Pixologic just came out with a great in depth article on the art of Mass Effect 2, including tons of gorgeous artwork and interviews with Derek Watts (Art Director), Jaemus Wurzbach (Lead Character Artist), Kolby Jukes (Character Artist), Rion Swanson (Character Artist), Leroy Chen (Character Artist), and Ken Finlayson (Character Artist). Obviously if you are interested in becoming a character artist for a game company this is the article for you.
“For Mass Effect we definitely had a few artists that we looked at for inspiration: Syd Mead, John Berkey and John Harris were just a few. We wanted this universe to have a more sophisticated look. The design had to be clean with strong geometric shapes. The structures and clothing needed a purpose. We didn’t want it to feel clunky, dirty and heavy. We wanted this future to feel like someplace that still had hope.”
- Derek Watts – Art Director
Bioware – Mass Effect 2